Reimagining American Community
Aug
15

Voices from the Peripheries (Near and Far podcast)

Amidst all the bad news from the earthquake Pennsylvania grand jury report on priest abuse, I’m finding I need to remember all the good work of Gospel-based social justice getting done, much of it outside our borders, by committed Catholic laypeople and exceptional clergy. And now we
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Aug
09

Can Populism Be Reclaimed?

‘Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values.’ So wrote the Midwestern populist social historian Christopher Lasch, once upon a time. (Were it up to me to post again, the only word I would change or redact in the quote
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Aug
05

Shock Minorities

Assuming, perhaps tenuously so, that the United States still qualifies as a democratic republic, we do well to remember that in such a democracy, the people supervise the state through regular elections, the peaceful exchange of power, the free press, and citizen-led advocacy groups.
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Jul
30

A Word from the Old Country

I had a wonderful reunion lunch last weekend with my friend Fr. Jim, a rather well-travelled Jesuit whom I met many years ago on a camping tour of the U.S.S.R. (He was our Russian translator, in fact.) As a PhD in political science (specialty: Eastern European politics), Fr. Jim has s
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Jul
23

Dorothy’s Place #10: Mark Gordon

A co-founder of Solidarity Hall, Mark is a fellow “radical Catholic” and social entrepreneur. In this July 4 conversation, we talk about the sometimes painful process of revising our wrong-headed notions of Cold War history, along with thoughts on Rene Girard, Alexandria O
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Jul
19

“I’m in a War”

This morning I drove over to River of Life Church in Gary IN, where a group called Faith In Indiana was holding a clergy summit to talk about immigration, criminal justice reform, and economic justice. The group’s goal is to establish a chapter in Northwest Indiana, an area of t
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Jul
16

What I Saw at the Socialism Conference

Around this blog we occasionally ask ourselves: what exactly are Solidarity Hall’s politics? Especially as we are publishing again after a hiatus of some months, during which the U.S. apparently underwent self-inflicted, extreme regime change. Some dystopian transformation has turned
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Jun
23

Dorothy’s Place #9: Bo Wright of Strong Towns

What makes a town strong–financially and otherwise? Pete and Elias talk with Bo Wright about the mission and impact of the Strong Towns movement, along with a review of the documentary Human Flow and some thoughts on Rabbi A.J. Heschel’s ideas of the sabbath.
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Jun
20

Resistance in a Hidden Garden

[An update from our friend Miguel Martinez, an activist for the commons currently living in Florence Italy.] On June 7th, a small event—hopefully a symbolic one for everyone dismayed at watching Europe’s historic centres being turned into Disneylands–took place in Florence
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Jun
18

Solidarity Hall: Back to Blogging!

OK, we’re back! And posting again, after all these months. With a refreshed outlook, and a bit on the darker side, given these darkening times. Our first few years of posting (on topics like agrarianism, E.F. Schumacher, Dorothy Day and Hayao Miyazaki) have left us yearning for
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May
23

Dorothy’s Place #8: Elias & Pete on Law and Insurgent Cities

Pete talks about his newly-published critique of the state of the legal profession (Bicentennial Crisis), aimed partly at his own Harvard Law School’s practices. We also take up public service anthropology, explain what a stroad is, and ponder the Right to the City. https://soun
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Apr
23

Dorothy’s Place #7: Karol Soltan

What if ordinary citizens stopped thinking of themselves as mere consumers and began acting as co-creators of their communities? Pete and I interview Karol Soltan, one of the founders of the Civic Studies movement, along with some talk about the Boston-based anti-eviction group called
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